Mariana Hardwick ‘Precious Curiosities’ Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


The brand new collection from designer Mariana Hardwick launched last month and has the beautiful name ‘Precious Curiosities’. Full of decadent, luscious gowns with unexpected, dramatic detailing and soft, feminine twists.

I love the introduction of silver in this collection, especially in the whimsical, curling vine hairpieces. Being a fan of the last collection which featured a lot of black, the silver is more subtle but still adds a touch of drama.

‘Precious Curiosities’ celebrates the brand’s thirty years and looks back, reflecting on where the brand has come from to the brand it is today. This was drawn upon, as inspiration for the latest collection, “Authentic heritage is built upon real traditions and value, built upon experience, passion and know-how handed down over generations.”

Images by Mariana Hardwick

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Vendor of the Week – The White Tree

by | Blog News, Bride


Happy Monday Dotties! What did you get up to over the weekend?

Monday morning means a spotlight on our fantastic members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Do take a look and check out our bridal gown designers, our cinematographers, our photographers, our stylists and every other type of wedding vendor you could think of! We love what they do here at Polka Dot Bride  and would love to hear your stories of using them!

 Our vendor of the week this week is a little multi talented. Not only do they take beautiful wedding photography, they produce beautiful wedding films and the best part? They even provide fantastic wedding tunes! Let me introduce you to The White Tree. With crews in Sydney & Melbourne, the three brilliant services they offer allow them to put together a customised, package for your wedding or event (pick one service, two or all three!). The White Tree is all about individuality- so don’t box them into “vintage” or “Classic”, they believe every event is different and produce work to reflect the style of the couple and their celebration. They hold regular showcase gigs so you can hear their music live, their photography packages are based on moments, not set hours and their film ? It can include a cinematic show reel and two filmmakers. Phew, they must be busy bees (I am just thinking about it!)

To get to know the team a little better, we asked  James from The White Tree five questions in five minutes –

What is your favourite after five drink?

A beer…unexciting I know.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

It’s pretty tricky having a weekend getaway in our industry. But if it happens, I’d have to say Tasmania…in peak winter. Driving, walking or riding around Tassie is awesome.

Favourite restaurant?

Long Grain – takes Thai food to a different level (it’s in Sydney and Melbourne). Or Chin Chin – another Thai infused restaurant in Melbourne.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

The full breakfast at any cafe in Sydney or Melbourne – so toast, bacon, eggs, mushroom, spinach, tomato, sausage, potato rosti and avocado.

Your favourite wedding story?

Probably describing the music at a wedding we were at last year. The groom was the keys player from The Cat Empire. The venue was at Sun Studios in Sydney and it had an awesome relaxed atmosphere. Half of the guests were some of Australia’s best musicians and after the bridal dance, it turned into one continuous jam for around 5 hours straight. The dance floor was packed the entire time and around 50 different musicians got up to play throughout the night. Heaps of fun!


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Snapshot Sunday – Look At Her Now

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Jill Andrews

Tien & Jimmy’s Formal Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Tien and Jimmy

I really do love engagement photos with beautiful  gowns and smart suits. I love to dress up and given the chance to wear a beautiful gown, I can’t imagine a better excuse!

Today’s photographs come from the lovely Jemma Keech who captured Tien and Jimmy just a few days before their wedding. The couple used beautiful floral arrangements styled by Portobello Rose. Tien wore a floor length gown, also her reception gown, for the shoot.

Tien kicks off their story. “Jimmy proposed on 10 April 2010 while holidaying in Koh Samui. We were there for a very close friend’s wedding and I guess the moment and mood was right for Jimmy to pop the question. We did speak about getting engaged but it was not meant to be for another year at that time so it was very unexpected.”

“We were out at a bar one night and Jimmy asked me to watch the sunrise the next morning as it was nearing our last days in KS. I refused as I love sleeping in and plus it was way too hot. I tried to convince a few friends to join us but they refused, some were just lazy and others knew about the proposal.”

“The next morning, I hear Jimmy in the shower getting ready! Very early too!!! I thought he was crazy but boy he was determined to see the sunrise! He came out of the shower and dragged me out of bed while I was still holding on to my bed sheets wrapped up nice and cosy with the air-conditioning running on full blast. Why would anybody want to leave such a luxurious room!?!? heheheheh Anyway, he managed to convince me but by the time we got to the front of the resort at the beach setting, the sun was already up so we missed the sunrise. Jimmy ended up taking several shots of the view, then of me and then portrait shots of me and him and then more of the view! He handed me the camera and asked me to take more shots of the view and I was annoyed by this time because the sun was up and it was scorching hot. All I could think about was going back to the resort in the air-conditioning room.”

“Jimmy continuously walked up and down the beach and I got annoyed so I sat down right at the front edge of the sun baking chair with my two elbows on my knees with a frown due heat exhaustion. I know, I’m such a baby! Jimmy ended up kneeling in front of me to take a photo of me and then I laughed as he snapped away and I said to him, ‘hahahahaha, it looks like you’re about to propose’. He then replied while tapping his cargo shorts with his hands and questioned rhetorically, ‘you want me to propose do you?! you want me to propose?!?’. I just laughed and snapped away and while I looked down at the camera to preview the shots I had just taken, Jimmy was still on his knees balling his eyes out with the ring box opened. So yes, I cried and said to him ‘Are you serious?!?!?’ and then asked him ‘Are you going to ask me to marry you?!?!?’… and of course he asked and I said yes otherwise, we wouldn’t be here today. Unforgettable and definitely will never forget the butterflies and overwhelming feeling during that precise moment. I wish it happened all over again, every day…. *sigh*.”

“For our engagement photos e decided to choose an ‘elegant/timeless theme’ of the simple terrace backdrop home as our engagement shoot. We wanted subtle and pretty pastel colours which is what Jemma is fantastic at doing. It resembles Jimmy and I as we are just a very simple couple. ”


Photographer: Jemma Keech / Flowers: Portobello Rose